The Pier Shops at Caesars
The Row at Revel
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Why should a New Yorker shop in A.C.? The answer is 8.875 percent. There’s no sales tax on clothing and most shoes in New Jersey, which means you’ll save even more cash at Tanger Outlets–The Walk (800-405-9555, tangeroutlet.com/atlanticcity). The collection of 100 outlet stores, spread over nine city blocks just north of the Boardwalk and bordered by Atlantic, Baltic, Ohio and Mississipi Avenues, offers discounts of up to 70 percent. Stop into Coach’s separate stores for men and women for deals on bags, wallets and shoes, then snag basics and trendier gear at Gap, Banana Republic, DKNY, H&M and J. Crew. The complex also offers a parade of sneakers by Adidas, Nike, Puma, Reebok and Converse. If you have kids on your holiday shopping list, save yourself a manic trip to Times Square (as well as dollars) at the Toys “R” Us outlet, and stock up on cut-price truffles at Lindt.
For more upscale splurges, hit The Pier Shops at Caesars (609-345-3100, thepiershopsatcaesars.com), a three-level mall opposite the casino on the former Young’s Million Dollar Pier, with the fabulous address 1 Atlantic Ocean. Spend your winnings at Scoop, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Apple, or pick up an A.C.-specific piece of art at Oh My Godard Gallery (609-441-2040), which sells works by Jim and Kathleen Keifer, the official Monopoly fine artists. A 12-by-20-inch Chance Card print is $250. If you’re looking for a less expensive souvenir, the mall houses an outpost of James’, where a retro one-pound box of local saltwater taffy (James’ or Fralinger’s; the former bought the latter in 1990) costs $7.99. Alternatively, visit the James’ shop at its 1920s factory on the Boardwalk at New York Avenue.
There’s also room to do some damage in the casinos—Tropicana, Borgata and Golden Nugget all have on-site retail areas, and many hotels will be offering preholiday deals, free gift-wrapping and other perks (Dec 1–22; visit doatlanticcity.com for more info). Revel’s shopping gallery, The Row, recently opened a 10,000-square-foot “shops within a shop” concept store, Emporium, which mixes well-known clothing and accessory brands like Rebecca Minkoff and Vince Camuto with cult denim (Rag & Bone, J Brand and others) and less familiar European labels.